Plays

  • The Tempest

    O brave new world, That has such people in't!
    By William Shakespeare
    June 6 to August 10, 2014
    Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre
    Directed by Geoffrey Kent

    A gnashing storm spills the enemies of the great sorcerer and rightful duke of Milan, Prospero, upon the shores of his island realm, setting the stage for revenge. But from there, Shakespeare’s final, much-loved play defies expectations, erupting into a timeless, exotic tale of monsters and cavorting spirits, love and song, merriment and mercy. Directed by Geoffrey Kent, who created CSF’s 2013 smash-hit, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, this Tempest will evoke the early 1800s British maritime era.

  • The Merry Wives of Windsor

    Why, then the world 's mine oyster.
    By William Shakespeare
    June 27 to August 9, 2014
    Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre
    Directed by Seth Panitch

    Falstaff, one of Shakespeare’s most enduring comic characters, is at the heart of one of the Bard’s greatest laugh-out-loud farces. Pursuing the amorous attentions of two married English ladies, the pompous, rotund knight doesn’t let their mischievous pranking swerve him from his quest. Sure, he’s been punk’d, but isn’t it a sign of affection?

  • I Hate Hamlet

    Paul Rudnick “knows where the laugh buttons are, and he pushes them like a virtuoso.” — Los Angeles Times, on 'I Hate Hamlet'
    By Paul Rudnick
    June 12 to August 9, 2014
    University Theatre (Indoors)
    Directed by Timothy Orr

    A rising Hollywood star accepts the role of Hamlet at New York’s Shakespeare in the Park and his agent thinks he’s gone daft. Why would he trade a fluffy, big-money TV role for dusty old Shakespeare? Leave it to the ghost of actor John Barrymore, the quintessential Hamlet of the 20th century, to hilariously haunt Andy in a play that seeks to answer that question. Written by New Yorker contributor Paul Rudnick, who “may be the funniest writer for the stage in the United States today,” says The New York Times.

  • Henry IV Part 1

    The better part of valour is discretion.
    By William Shakespeare
    July 17 to August 10, 2014
    University Theatre (Indoors)
    Directed by Carolyn Howarth

    Often considered Shakespeare’s most sophisticated history play, the unquiet reign of Henry IV following the murder of Richard II introduces the Bard’s greatest comedic character, Falstaff, the licentious, crafty knight-adviser to Prince Hal. As the action moves from political sparring between the king and the rebellious Hotspur to the clash of swords in battle, the prince begins a journey toward his heroic reign. Our most traditional production for 2014, with a gorgeously styled medieval setting.

  • Henry IV Part 2

    Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.
    By William Shakespeare
    July 27 to August 3, 2014
    University Theatre (Indoors)
    Directed by Timothy Orr

    Join us for two very special “original practices” performances of Henry IV, Part 2. This is Shakespeare as it might have been done in his time, featuring natural lighting, minimalist costuming,live music and cue scripts, resulting in a fast-paced, energetic performance. In the third play of the Henriad, Prince Hal is now on the road to kingship while his old advisor Falstaff descends ever deeper into ill health and petty criminality. See Part 1 in a matinee, break for dinner, then join us for an evening presentation of Part 2 for an unforgettable theater experience.